Ojora Babatunde of OJB Sports had said, “Hi Jurgen, during your last pre-match presser, you deliberately called the Africa Cup of Nations a ‘little tournament’.
Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho (both Nigeria), Daniel Amartey (Ghana) and Papy Mendy (Senegal) are all likely to be called up for the tournament, which begins in January, and will miss a handful of City matches as a result.
Ably led by Captain Florence Omagbemi, the Falcons defeated the North Korea national team 2-1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
This follows the receipt of the Technical Report from the Head Coach of the Senior National Team and the report from the Black Stars Management Committee following Ghana’s Group G World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia and South Africa.
The Female Eagles will compete in the six-nation tournament organised in honour of the country’s First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, with its theme Playing for Good. The nine-day competition will see the Malians slug it out with hosts and reigning African champions Nigeria and Morocco in Group A, with matches scheduled for Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Hard-tackling Etebo has been a key figure in the Super Eagles’ set-up since impressing at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where the U23 boys won Team Nigeria’s only medal at the games – a bronze.
Three-time African champions Nigeria have not lost a match since they were edged by the odd goal by reigning African champions Algeria in an international friendly also in Austria in October 2020.
Ejo, who has led the Supersand Eagles to several FIFA World Cup and Beach Soccer AFCON campaigns, lost the battle against diabetes on Saturday evening.
With 1487.16 points, the Nigerian side are ranked 32rd in the world and third best team in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed first and second on the continent.
To say Togo’s journey in the AFCON qualifiers was underwhelming would be an understatement.
Substitute Paul Onuachu’s last-gasp bullet header secured all the points, restored the Nigeria team’s winning mentality and condemned Benin Republic to a dogfight with the Leone Stars in their own encounter in Freetown on Tuesday.
Super Eagles players enjoy boat cruise back to Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that substitute Paul Onuachu scored in added time to give the Eagles victory at Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo.
Describing the victory of the national team as a reassurance of the readiness of the players to come out victorious in the 2021 AFCON, Kalu hailed the players for their commitment and determination in making Nigeria proud.
It was gathered that he will miss the match against Benin Republic at 5pm.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a tweet on the team’s official account said they arrived in Cotonou Friday after a short boat ride from Lagos.
The matches for the finals to be hosted by Cameroon, were played on Thursday.
CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu conducted the draw, assisted by Mauritania’s legend Mustapha Fall on Wednesday in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
COVID-19 tests conducted on every player and official of the team returned negative on Thursday evening, further lifting the spirit of the three-time African champions ahead of the Day 3 of the 2021 AFCON qualification series
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has entered the final nine months of his contract with the Blues, whom he joined from Wigan Athletic in August 2012, and is not in the plans of manager Frank Lampard for the 2020-21 season.